Specimen Guide: Hydrangea

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It's hydrangea season in our nursery, and we're putting the spotlight on these vibrant blooms in our latest specimen guide. We created the guide above with our new Microfleur Plant Press, which speeds up the plant pressing process by quick-drying flowers in the microwave. Great for botanical specimens as well as decorative projects, flowers dried in a Microfleur retain remarkably vibrant colors when compared to traditional drying methods. Read on to learn more about each hydrangea variety, and stop by the nursery now to pick up your favorites. 

1. Hydrangea macrophylla 'The Original': A hallmark variety, 'The Original' was the first hydrangea discovered that blooms from both last year's woody stems and the current season's new growth. This allows it to bloom from spring through fall, making it ideal for container or cutting gardens. Disease-resistant and hardy, it's also adaptable; changing the soil pH can turn the flowers from blue to pink. 

2. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blushing Bride': A long-time favorite of European gardeners, 'Blushing Bride' is named for its pure white petals, which mature to blush as the seasons progress. A favorite flower for wedding bouquets, it offers large clusters of semi-double florets. 

3. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lemon Daddy': Exceptionally large and vigorous, this mophead variety is a garden show-stopper. Its bright yellow foliage provides the backdrop for huge flowers that transition from white to blue or vivid pink. 

4. Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers': This oak leaf variety provides exceptionally large blooms that begin white, as shown above, but quickly age to deep pink as the seasons change. Great for hedges and borders thanks to its compact form, its deep green foliage will turn a brilliant mahogany in autumn. 

5. Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice': This oak leaf hydrangea is native to the bluffs and woodlands of Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana. It will bloom in summer with pyramids of white flowers against a backdrop of dark, oak-like leaves. Perfect for fall color, its foliage will transform with shades of bronze, maroon, and purple in autumn.

6. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bloomstruck': Resistant to disease and heat, this hardy hydrangea is also a garden beauty, blooming in shades of rose pink or purple depending on your soil pH. Its dark green leaves and gorgeous, red-purple stems offer excellent contrast when mixed with other shrubs in the garden. 

7. Hydrangea macrophylla 'Twist-n-Shout': The first re-blooming lacecap variety, this hydrangea flowers in shades of deep pink or periwinkle blue from late spring through fall. Dependable and intensely-colored, it offers sturdy stems in a shade of vivid, contrasting red.

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